There were times when Jesus went to the temple or synagogue to be among those who gathered there. On some occasions, He healed the sick or He “drove out all who sold and bought in the temple” (Matthew 21:12).
Other times, Jesus went there to teach the people who had come to learn and worship. “And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22). Here we have an interesting contrast between the scribes and Jesus.
Why was it that Jesus “taught them as one who had authority?” Jesus spoke from a source that had the real authority behind what he said. Jesus clarifies this in John 7; “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood” (John 7:17–18).
The scribes were seeking their own glory which canceled out any authority in their teaching. The same principle applies to us. If we are not seeking the glory of God in every ministry, in some way we are seeking our own glory. People will know there is no authority in what we say.
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